The Cardinall’s Musick: Works for Passiontide

April 5, 2023, 10:00 pm

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Andrew Carwood directs early-music vocal ensemble The Cardinall’s Musick in a program titled Christ on this Cross: A Meditation on the Crucifixion; a concert of works for Passiontide. We hear English Renaissance composers Byrd and Tallis alongside their Spanish, German, and Italian counterparts, culminating in Palestrina’s powerful setting of Stabat mater dolorosa, the 13th-century hymn to Mary as she weeps at the foot of the cross.

Tonight’s program was recorded live in concert April 11, 2022 in London’s Wigmore Hall. Thanks to WFMT’s association with the European Broadcasting Union, we’re able to bring you this concert as a stream for thirty days following the broadcast. A blue “Listen” button will appear when the link is accessible.


Anonymous (Plainsong) – Vexilla regis prodeunt

Cristóbal de Morales (ca 1500-1553) – O Crux, ave, spes unica

William Byrd (1543-1623) – Miserere mei Deus” from Cantiones Sacrae (1589)

Giovanni Croce (ca 1557-1609) – O triste spectaculum

Thomas Tallis (ca 1505-1585) – Incipit oratio Jeremiae prophetae

Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611) – Vere languores nostros

Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) – Aus der Tiefe ruf ich, Herr, zu dir (Psalm 130)

Gerónimo Gonzáles (fl. 1630s) – Lamentación de Jeremías

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (ca 1525-1594) – Stabat Mater

The Cardinall’s Musick; Andrew Carwood, director
Sopranos Julie Cooper & Cecilia Osmond
Altos Carris Jones & Matthew Venner
Tenors Mark Dobell & Nicholas Todd
Basses Richard Bannan & Nathan Harrison